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Beirut explosion: death toll rises to 137 as army takes control of site

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  • What we know so far
  • Beirut explosion: anger at officials grows after missed warnings

The death toll from a massive blast at Beirut’s port has risen again to 137, as the Lebanese army took control of the site on the first day of a two-week state of emergency.

The new casualty figures on Thursday morning include at least 5,000 injured and a health ministry spokesman said dozens were still missing. “This toll is not final,” he said.

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